Police: Man kills mom's cat when she evicts him

GRESHAM, Ore. -- A Gresham man was arrested Tuesday for killing his mother's cat and destroying her home when she told him he needs to move out, police said.

The mother called police just after 11 a.m. Tuesday to say her 27-year-old son had thrown things around, cut TV cords, destroyed her car and killed her cat, according to a police report.

Arriving officers found that the home in the 400 block of Northeast 18th Street had been trashed.

The suspect, Jonathan Frederick Wagner, was found walking nearby a short time later. Police said he was likely upset because his mother told him he has to move out and she put some of his stuff in boxes.

In his rage, Wagner is believed to have smashed in a car windshield; broken pictures, figurines, wall hangings and lamps; poured liquids on the carpet and walls; scrawled threatening messages to his family on paper and doors; and killed Tom, his mother's 16-year-old tabby cat whose throat appeared to be cut, said Gresham police Detective John Rasmussen.

A necropsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of the cat's death.

Wagner was jailed on charges of first-degree criminal mischief and aggravated animal abuse.


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